Bryan Station Traditional Magnet School
1865 Wickland Dr.
Lexington, KY 40505
(859) 381-3288 ext. 40504
Course Syllabus for Language Arts
Teacher: Ms. Cross
Course Title: Language Arts
Grade Level: 8th
Descriptions: This course provides integration of literary skills, active reading
skills and writing skills to produce proficiency. Grammar will be
Materials needed: Textbooks: Elements of Writing
The Language of Literature
Binder (at least 1 1/2 inch) with paper
10 Pencils (#2)
Highlighters (different colors)
Flash Drive (something to save work on)
Goals of Course: 1) The student will understand the reading strategies necessary
to be a proficient reader.
2 The student will understand the writing skills necessary to be a
3. The student will be able to distinguish the different genres of
fiction and nonfiction.
Course Objectives: After completion of this course:
1. Students will be able to identify the different reading
strategies necessary to be a proficient reader.
2. Students will demonstrate writing skills necessary for
3. Students will have successfully received all AR points
required for each grading period.
Assessment: Students will be graded using a combination of tests,
projects/presentations, scheduled quizzes, oral responses, written
responses, written assignments (essays, research papers, journals,
etc.), and class participation.
Grading Procedures: This class will be graded upon a total of points. Grades
will be reported each quarter, but parents and students
should feel free to contact me at any time for an update on
their latest grade.
Grading Scale: A 92 to 100%
B 83 to 91%
C 74 to 82%
D 65 to 73%
F 0 to 64%
All assignments are due at the beginning of class. If your
child does not complete the assignment when it is due, your
student will call you and explain why they do not have their
Students will be penalized for assignments not submitted
on time (i.e. when collected by the teacher). After two
class periods (or four school days), late work will not be
accepted and the student will receive a zero on that
All projects, essays, and papers must be typed using proper
format. While papers will be graded on context and
content; be sure to carefully proofread your work, as poor
spelling and grammar will affect your grade. DO NOT just
use spell check!
Make-up work: It is your responsibility to find out what
work was missed during any absences.
Missing assignments will be posted in the
spiral notebook on the back table. For each
date missed you will have 3 days to
complete the missed work.
Tests will be made up during the following
class period. You will be responsible for
borrowing notes to catch up.
Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated!
Plagiarism is defined as using the words or ideas of
another as one’s own. According to “Writers INC, A
Student Handbook for Writing and Learning,” there are
three major forms plagiarism may take.
Word for Word plagiarism – repeating the
exact words of the source without giving the
Paraphrase plagiarism – writing the same
information as the source but changing just a
few words without giving necessary credit.
Spot plagiarism – using only key words or
phrases from the source without giving
Class participation is also encouraged and expected!
1. Come to class on time, and go straight to your seat.
If you are not in your seat, you will be reprimanded. If you are
not in the class on time you will need a pass or be given a tardy
2. You are expected to be on your best behavior during class.
While participation is encouraged, class disruptions will not be
tolerated. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken for
3. Come to class prepared, i.e. bring books, homework, and
4. Please raise your hands to ask or answer questions, or to
address any comments or concerns.
5. Stay in seat at all times unless given permission to get up.
6. Respect for your fellow classmates and their ideas will be
expected, and any signs of disrespect towards your classmates,
teachers, or yourself, will be disciplined appropriately.
Remember the golden rule.
7. No food, drink, or gum permitted.
8. Cell phones, pagers, CD players, I-pods, etc. WILL NOT be
permitted in the classroom. Make sure all of the above are
turned off before entering the school. If they are seen or heard
in class they WILL BE CONFISCATED!
9. The attendance policy as set out in the student handbook will
also be enforced in this classroom.
Syllabus Signature Form
Like all faculty here at Bryan Station Middle, I am very excited about working with your
child this school year. I also hope and expect great success for your child in this course,
as I am sure they will be. Please read the attached syllabus and fill out the information
below. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns for me please write them in the
space provided. Also, please feel free to contact me at any time during the school year
concerning you child’s progress.
I have read and reviewed the syllabus.
Student signature: _______________________________ Date: ________________
Parent/Guardian: ________________________________ Date: ________________
Parent/Guardian e-mail: ______________________
Student e-mail: ______________________________
Please write any questions or comments you may have concerning your child or this
course in the space provided.